Symptoms and Recovery


Concussion Symptoms

Typical symptoms of concussion include:

  • Headache
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Dizziness or lightheadedness
  • Nausea
  • Difficulty with bright light
  • Irritability
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Changes in sleep patterns

More Significant Symptoms

Symptoms and long term affects of a brain injury can be different from person to person.  With a more significant injury people can have:

  • Cognitive problems
  • Difficulty speaking or reading
  • Problems with vision
  • Hearing
  • Smell
  • Taste
  • Seizures
  • Emotional problems
  • Physical changes such as pain, problems walking or sleeping.

Visit our resource library for detailed information about the types of symptoms that can occur.  Learn more and read: Brain Injury Impact on Individual's Functioning.


After a brain injury for a few weeks the brain's chemistry can affect the brain's ability to function. A person's eyes may stay closed and they may show no signs of awareness. With time and as the brain's swelling decreases the person's condition may improve. During the early stages of recovery a person may be unconscious or be in a state of confusion or disoriented. 

The length of recovery can be different for everyone. The fastest improvement often happens in the first six months after the injury. It is normal for families to want to know the long term effects on their love one. Unfortunately, this is difficulty to determine. The injured person should continue to receive on going medical care, rehabilitation as recommended. Learn more by reading: What to Expect in the Trauma Center, Hospital, and Beyond. 

The Invisible Rain Cloud, video about the experience of living with a brain injury.

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